A Boundary fire department shared its volunteer of the year award with a little girl last weekend.
The awards were given out by Midway Mayor Martin Fromme following a corn roast at the village’s Community Garden Saturday, Aug. 28.
“They’re always there,” Fromme said of the volunteers at Midway Fire and Rescue (MFR). “Year after year, call out after call out, fire after fire and so many road rescues … they give an immense amount of time,” he continued, noting that the department put out a fire at his home in 2008.
The department was the main recipient, but a village council resolution gave “an honourable mention” to five-year-old Finley Kamigochi, inducted into MFR after her lemonade stand raised over $1,000 for the department earlier this month.
“We are really pleased that she has been included in the Volunteer Award recognition,” Fire Chief Mike Daloise said as the audience tucked into their corn.
Finley had meanwhile wrapped up another lemonade stand at Saturday’s event, raising $210 for the Community Garden, according to her father, Cam.
“She was pretty nervous receiving her award, but she laughed when they told her she was the youngest person to get it,” he said.
Forty-seven volunteer members serve at Midway Fire and Rescue. The department had been on 47 emergency calls this year, as of Monday, Aug. 30, according to Daloise.